Best mobile plans near your University

Guide - Tips for the best mobile connection

Before you reach US

Cell phones have become almost a necessity for students across the globe and in today's world the "phone" may also contain many useful applications, so we know that many students will choose to bring their mobile phones while moving to the US. But, we would advice to consider the below points before your travel:

  • The first thing to do is to check which abroad network uses frequencies that your cell phone supports
  • Then, the one very important aspect is that you must get your phone "unlocked". Check with your present carrier or online tools or nearest cell phone store to avail this service
  • If you decide upon bringing your old SIM card with you, then be aware of the roaming charges and take necessary steps to avoid extra charges
  • Research and find out the best plans with a great coverage near your University. This will help you to decide quickly about the new mobile connection as soon as you land in the US

How to select a plan

Check with each cell phone carrier about coverage areas and reception. With some carriers, you have better coverage over a larger area than others. While selecting a plan its very important to note that:

  • Rates may vary depending on how much data, voice calls, text messages you need a month. Plans may become pricey if you add additional features like Unlimited Internet and International calling
  • International roaming rates are nothing to mess around with, so it's important to know what you're on the hook for before you finalize upon one plan
  • Individuals find most plan options more straight forward, but adding additional devices to a single individual's plan tends to get complicated.
  • Families and groups typically finds significant discounts by banding together, but the pricing becomes more complex
  • Smart Settles helps you to browse the customized plans based on important factors and makes it easy for you to decide the best plan that suits your needs

After selecting a plan

Cell carriers are fighting hard to win customers, and these are just some of the perks customers get to decide between. Here's how you can make the most of your cell phone plan:

  • Check the latest promotions and take advantage of discounts
  • Don't be afraid to switch. Sometimes this may end up offering you "retention deals" that can save some money without changing your plan
  • Monitor your usage from time to time. Keep a close eye on data usage, International calling/messaging etc.
  • Make use of third party applications for International calls which can cut down your mobile bill by 20-30% per month